Hoey out for the season

The Baltimore Sun

Orioles reliever Jim Hoey won't pitch this season after undergoing surgery May 4 in Baltimore to repair torn cartilage and clean out debris from his right shoulder.

Hoey, who appeared in 23 games with the Orioles last year, assumed that the arthroscopic procedure only would involve removing debris from the shoulder after magnetic resonance imagings and an arthrogram - when dye is injected in the affected area - didn't reveal any tears. But team orthopedist Dr. James Wilckens discovered a tear of the labrum behind the pitcher's shoulder that was significant enough to require three anchors to hold it down.

"The MRIs just showed a little fraying in the back of the shoulder, and that's not where the pain was at. I woke up and the doctor said I had a ... tear. And not just a small one, either," said Hoey, who has started a light exercise program at the minor league facility in Sarasota, Fla.

"Dr. Wilckens called me a few days later and said they still don't know why it didn't show up earlier. All they can say is maybe scar tissue was blocking the dye. It was a shock to me, but I knew something was wrong with it."

Hoey, 25, was supposed to compete for a bullpen spot this spring, but he couldn't get his arm loose. He ended up having a procedure similar to the one that also will sideline left-hander Troy Patton for the season.

"I was sitting in the trainers room and I realized that I'm not going to be throwing this year. That's upsetting," Hoey said. "But the rotator cuff looks great, and I should be 100 percent recovered by next season."

Team president Andy MacPhail said the injury "isn't anything career threatening."

"Even though we took MRIs and they kept coming back clean, there's a reason he was scuffling," MacPhail said.

Said manager Dave Trembley: "He's another power arm in this organization. He's still young enough. He doesn't have a whole lot of time in the big leagues. Get it taken care of and let's get him ready for next year."

Great catch

No matter how busy he gets, Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez never forgets the fans.

Ramirez made one of the most spectacular, and comical, plays of the season yesterday. He reached over his head to make a running catch of Kevin Millar's long fly ball in the fourth inning, jumped against the fence without breaking stride and slapped hands with a male spectator wearing a Red Sox jersey, then fired the ball back to the infield. Dustin Pedroia threw to first base to double off Aubrey Huff, who already had rounded second and was on Nick Markakis' heels.

"Anybody can get lucky. I don't think he even saw it," Huff said, smiling. "I thought it would at least get over his head. In that situation, we hadn't scored any runs, I'm trying to score a run there and get us ahead. It wasn't bad base running. He just made a great catch. I was really trying to book there. If he catches it, I'm out. If he doesn't, I'm scoring."

Injury report

Catcher Ramon Hernandez made it into the lineup but didn't stay there. He was scratched after batting practice because of lingering discomfort in his left wrist.

Third baseman Melvin Mora received a cortisone injection in his right shoulder and missed his second consecutive game. Mora was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after being hit by a bad-hop grounder during batting practice.

This was Mora's second cortisone shot since the season began. The shoulder has bothered him periodically since spring training, when he jammed it while diving into a base.

Asked if he should be ready by tomorrow, Mora said: "I don't know. The doctor says let [the shot] work and don't do anything today or tomorrow. It's just been a couple of games."

Also, reliever Rocky Cherry (strained right shoulder) was scheduled to throw an inning last night at Double-A Bowie as part of his injury rehab assignment. He's supposed to pitch another inning tomorrow.


Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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